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COMMUNITY CONNECT

Community Connect is a free Council funded service in North Somerset for people over 50 offering information, advice and support to help people live independently at home, improving wellbeing and addressing social isolation and loneliness. The service is run in partnership by CURO and The West Of England Rural Network (WERN), the latter being a Village Agent service for the villages of North Somerset including Congresbury.

Village Agents can help with a wide range of issues including accessing care support, claiming benefits, providing safety equipment in the home, support for carers, transport issues, befriending and issues of social isolation. This free and confidential service can be accessed by contacting your local Village Agent, Bill Wallace, on 01275 888803 during normal office hours.

Library reopens

Great News, Congresbury Community Library is ready for re- opening on Monday 21st September. The building has been made COVID safe and our volunteers are ready to help you!

We have had to reduce the number of opening hours to Monday afternoons from 2 – 4 pm and Friday mornings from 10 – 12 . 

We look forward to welcoming you back.

The library is in Station Road next to the Old School Rooms.

Youth Partnership awards

Eddie, Macey, Finn, Ellie, Robert, Caleb, Codie, and Chloe with their awards

Congresbury Youth Partnership’s (CYP) annual awards which were due to happen in April were finally presented last week. The award winners, their families plus representatives from the various organisations that had nominated them were able to take part in an open-air celebration on the playing field in Congresbury. 

CYP would like to thank the organisations who took part, Jo Williams and Keith Abbott for their help on the night and the Yeo Valley Lions for sponsoring the event.

Marie Broomfield: Moving on

It was also a sad evening saying farewell to two people who have been involved with CYP. Marie Broomfield is being assigned to another area and will no longer be our PCSO. She has become a very familiar face around the village and will be missed by all residents.

Sarah Storey: Joining the management group

Sarah Storey has worked with young people in the village for the last 16 years providing advice, friendship and comfort to those in need of support. Initially she ran the Youth Club through the North Somerset Youth Service before joining CYP.

The CYP Management committee would like to thank her for her constant enthusiasm and commitment to our organisation. Fortunately, Sarah is not severing all links with CYP and has agreed to join the management group.

Congresbury Youth Club

Summer Holiday activities get the go-ahead

Youth Club have arranged the following fun events in the first two weeks of the Summer Holidays for your child to attend.  It goes without saying that there will be strict Covid-19 guidelines which will need to be followed. Once you have booked your child onto activities you will receive a copy of the guidelines but be rest assured that we will take every precaution to make sure your child will be safe.

Click here for full details

A message from Children’s Hospice South West

Dear all,

Our local Children’s Hospice South West at Charlton Farm, Wraxall has been operating during lockdown over the past few months to provide vital support for families. However, fund raising opportunities have dropped dramatically.  

Mendip Friends fundraising group which is based in Congresbury currently has a butterfly competition for children. The closing date for the competition is the end of July and to enter send pictures of your coloured butterflies to www.facebook.com/CongVirtualFete  or www.newcreationchurches.org.uk/community/love-congresbury/congresbury-village-fete/congresbury-virtual-village-fete or post this form into the church office post-box at St. Andrew’s Church. 

Please do take part in this and we would be very grateful for any help you can provide. Our Justgiving page is https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/chswcongresbury

Many thanks for your help Jackie Hampson (Congresbury Volunteer)

Village walks challenge

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As part of our Virtual Fete on June 27, villagers are being invited to take part in the walks challenge. It is recommended that you take an Ordnance Survey map with you as well as the sketches attached to the PDFs below. Please note that the closing date for entries is Monday July 6. Enjoy!

Starting now and running until  Friday July 3, your challenge is to complete three short walks, and for a bonus, maybe one longer one.  Groups walking together must adhere to current COVID restrictions (ie a single household, or a group of no more than six people maintaining adequate social distancing while walking).

Proof of completion will be a photo or selfie of one or more members of your group, taken at the mid-point of the walk, and posted on the Fete Facebook page.  (Be mindful of social distancing while you take the photo, and that you have permission to post on Facebook from any identifiable participants. )  Make sure your photo is identified by a great team name, and the walk number.

All groups completing the three walks will receive a certificate, and will be entered into a draw for a prize, and for a second bonus prize if all four walks have been completed.

The  short walks are : 

1)  Over the Golf Course to Honeyhall

2)  Up the Line to Cadbury Hill

3)  Out over the Dolemoor  (published by Woodspring Ramblers)

4)   (The long one)  By the Yeo to Wrington 

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Village walks revisited

A series of village walks, avoiding the Strawberry Line and first published in 2000 have been updated and revised by Alex Ballard. Here’s one – a circular walk to Wrington – to get you going. Click HERE to view the PDF

Internet Security

The Parish Council has advised us this letter has been circulated widely in Congresbury. It is linked to an app. Concerns have been raised regarding the security of products and services sourced via this app. Users submit their real names and addresses which can be accessed by other users including commercial enterprises. Please read, research and make your own judgement. Stay safe on line.

Two comments were made about this on Facebook. Dave Robins There is nothing wrong with this social Media App… it has 285 people in congresbury and 444 people in Yatton and 80 in Kingston Seymour alone using it daily as we speak… 

it has been live in this area since 2018 and world wide since 2008….
Facebook and Apple have tried to buy it but were refused…. 
the person who has posted this has just followed the misinformed local rumour mill like Chinese 
whispers…the letter may or may not be a scam as described but the App is international…. 
maybe Google the App and have a look on wikipedia….or the recent BBC article which described the App as the Facebook that Mark Zuckerberg wished he had made.

Love Congresbury As was reported yesterday, the app is genuine and can be used well, but it uses people’s names/addresses without express permissions and can be a site for fraudsters-there are safer ways to help your neighbours during this time.

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Justin Andrews

Spring isn’t far away!

Need your lawn cutting, then give me a call for a free, no obligation quote.

Professional and friendly service at a good price.

Based in Congresbury covering surrounding villages.

Call Justin Andrews on 01934 832889 or 07870274446

Call Blocker

The National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams Team is releasing more call blockers for the vulnerable and elderly today, Friday 13th March 2019.

These were a huge success last year and they ran out very quickly.

Applications can be made through their website:

 www.FriendsAgainstScams.org.uk/callblocker

A trueCall Secure call blocker is a unit that filters unwanted scam and nuisance phone calls from your landline. It allows you to set a trusted caller list for friends, family members, GPs and any other trusted contacts. The unit plugs into an existing phone and phone line and can work alongside broadband or lifeline/pendant devices that are already installed. These are intended more for the vulnerable and elder, and those receiving a high level of nuisance calls.

Why not try Cardio Tennis?

Cardio Tennis is a fun, group activity featuring drills to give players of all abilities an ultimate, high-energy workout. Cardio Tennis includes a warm-up, cardio workout, and cool down phases. If you want to find a healthy, new way to get in shape and to burn calories, you ought to try Cardio Tennis. It starts at Congresbury Tennis Club on Mondays at 9.15-10.15 from March 9.  For more information go to http://congresburyltc.net/cardio-tennis/ or ring the coach Stuart Bannerman on 07593 456869 or email cardio@congresburyLTC.net

Bike security

Police officers in North Somerset are encouraging those who had new bikes for Christmas to get them security marked.
On Sunday 26 January between 9am-3pm officers from the Worle beat team will be at Sainsbury’s carrying out security marking of bike frames – in an effort to deter thieves.

The Strawberry Line in December

After weeks of rain and more rain the sun peeped out on Sunday afternoon. Not for long !

I don’t need to be persuaded to get out of the armchair and go for a bike ride when the sun is shining. Christmas came early. The Strawberry line was pure magic, it might be winter but there is so much to see that you don’t see in the summer when the leaves are on the trees and the hedgerows are bursting with fruit and colour.

The winter sun seems to be more gentle and picks out the Mendips as the clouds rush past. I love the shapes and silhouettes of the trees in winter. The branches are like lace and the veins of the trees. The willow tree below was glowing – almost had its own fairy lights.

The colder weather and high winds has driven the fieldfares and redwings from Scandinavia to spend the winter in England. They don’t need to worry about visa’s and work permits. Until a month ago the red berries of the Hawthorns were fat and ripe for eating. The early birds have cleaned up and stripped the trees bare. There are some sloes and rose hips as well as the white mistletoe left, but they are all being avoided. Its probably too late to make sloe gin for Christmas !

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Thatchers Cider Orchards near Sandford are being pruned and made ready for next year. At first I though that I may have at long last seen the ‘Beast of Sandford’ a large puma stalking the orchards. But it turned out to be an exceedingly large black and white cat. He or she was about a mile from the factory and well fed. Maybe Pat the Postman left it to look for Katy !

Most of the cattle are now in the barns – the fields have huge lakes of water and the Rhynes are full to the brim. Some sheep are waddling around in the wet grass looking very forlorn. No sign of Shaun !

I did see two rather plump and bushy tailed squirrels. They were enjoying the sun before spending the cold weeks ahead in their drays and hibernating until spring.

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No sign of the badgers, but they are furiously digging under the railway track. The are serious diggers and are shifting tons of stone. Seems a bit strange as its hard work digging out stone compared to soil, but perhaps the railway track is well drained and its nice and dry to set up home. 

There were some small flocks of long tailed tits hopping along the hedgerows. They look like puff balls on a stick. A few swans were sat in the fields and lots of crows all feeding away on chafer grubs. Doing a great service to the farmers.

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Now everything has stopped growing the seed heads of the old man’s beard, ivy and cow parsley are beautiful and add to the splendour of this lovely place.

With the shortest day about to happen we can all look forward to another season of colour, flowers and fruit adorning the Strawberry Line like a bouquet around our village.

Michael Greaves

Police warn against telephone fraud

Click HERE for full information

Two victims were contacted by callers purporting to be from Lloyds Bank and advised there was a problem with their bank debit card and they would be sending someone to collect the cards and that a replacement card would be delivered to their home. In both incidents the bogus caller was wearing a high visibility jacket. We are urging people to be vigilant and on their guard to such calls. Banks will never personally attend a home address to collect or deliver cards or important documents, and bank details and personal information – including PiN numbers – should never be disclosed.

Taxi services and courier companies in the county who have been made aware of the courier fraud offending and continue to pick up ‘packages’ from victims could face prosecution